Inside National Parks
A farmer accidentally expands Belgium, ditching the National Parks crowds with Leigh Bernacchi and staying up all night -- in Arabic.
Don't you hate it when you're doing yard work and you accidentally annex France? Officials in Bousignies-sur-Roc said that one Belgian farmer did exactly that when they moved a 300 to 600 pound stone border marker in
“Apparently frustrated by a 200-year-old stone border marker, a Belgian farmer dug it out and moved it about seven feet into French territory [...] thus slightly enlarging his own land as well as the entire country of Belgium,” reports Anna Schaverien for the New York Times.
Outdoor travel and recreation have been vital to our health during the pandemic. Author, scientist and former Sequoia, Yosemite and Denali National Park Ranger Leigh Bernacchi helps us skip the crowds at National Parks and shows us how to appreciate outdoor spaces closer to home.
Leigh's book “Sequoia and Kings Canyon: Hiking, Camping, Waterfalls and Big Trees” is available now. You can read more about her work at LeighBernacchi.com. I (Alicia) also recommend reading one of Leigh's mentors, Terry Tempest Williams.
Here's the The National Parks Newsletter Leigh mentioned. Archived newsletters are viewable too. And you can sign up for news from each individual park as well. The downloadable National Parks Owner's Guides also offer itineraries and planning suggestions based on your location and interests.
The accessible hikes guide that Leigh recommended is called "Barrier Free Travel: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers" by Candy B. Harrington. These five National Parks are and these 25 accessible trails are also good bets.
Samar or Netsamer
Staying up late with friends, talking and hanging out at night
What ordinary post-pandemic pleasures are you looking forward to?
What's your favorite National Park?
What are your National Park travel tips?
How do you explore the outdoors near you?